An LSU Innovation Park company has licensed its quick-setting sculpting clay to a New Jersey company, while three new businesses are entering LSU’s 200-acre research park south of the LSU campus on Nicholson Drive.

Pojman Polymer Products LLC has signed an exclusive license for its QuickCure Clay to Ranger Industries of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, a company with a history in the arts and crafts industry. Invented by John Pojman of LSU, the sculpting material is unique because it can be left open and will not dry out but can be cured in minutes with a heat tool.

Meanwhile, Corrosion Prevention Technologies, Alexander Industrial Solutions and Mandatory Fuel Management — companies with technology in the energy, environmental and industrial sectors — are going into Innovation Park at LSU

Specifically:

• Corrosion Prevention Technology, owned by The Tagos Group, has patented CorrX, a surface treatment and unique cleaning process that helps prevent corrosion. The company is working with energy companies at refineries, offshore drilling platforms and other applications. Milton L. Scott is the CEO of Tagos.

• Todd Blanchard, of Alexander Industrial Solutions, said its focus is on improving a company’s chemical inventory by managing the replacement of hazardous products with safer eco-focused alternatives to minimize employee risk and regulatory exposure for all industries.

• Mandatory Fuel Management provides technology for fuel tank cleaning, polishing and filtration. Its patented technology and equipment is designed to provide purification to correct the problems of water, bacteria, fungus and microbial growth in fuel tanks with a closed loop system for cleaning fuel.

“The park is excited about these three new companies as they all have potential relationships with LSU research and are employing LSU graduates, students and interns," said Charles D'Agostino, executive director of the Louisiana Business and Technology Center and LSU Innovation Park. 

• Pojman Polymer Products LLC was founded six years ago by Pojman, a professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at LSU, to develop “cure-on demand” materials for home repair and art. The company also has a QuickCure WoodFiller that allows repairs in seconds.

Pojman's QuickCure Clay can be cured 30 times faster than traditional polymer clays and is five times stronger, able to withstand 5,000 pounds of force per square inch. Unlike traditional ceramics, no kiln is required. The self-propagating reaction triggered by a heating tool is called frontal polymerization, and Pojman is a world expert on the topic.

Justin Russo, president of Ranger, described QuickCure as "a transformative product.” Ranger launched the product at the recent Creativation trade show in Phoenix, where Pojman helped demonstrate the clay to retailers from around the world.

“This is an example of how university faculty working with the business counselors at the park can develop markets for the product of their research,” D'Agostino said.